I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. My research focuses on architectural interventions in the ravines (los barrancos) that compose almost half of Guatemala City. I am interested in why ravines have been classified as ‚Äúmetabolic‚ÄĚ futures for urban design in Guatemala City, how ravines and their negative and vertical forms might lend themselves to new urban and ecological architectures, and what Guatemalan architects and their work contribute to postwar development in the country.¬†
Before coming to Rice I received a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Riverside where I cultivated research interests in environment, design, infrastructure, and science and technology studies from my research with the NSF REU in Menomonie, Wisconsin and the Downtown Riverside Farmers Market.